AZ Bill Prohibits Requiring Compliance with Firearm Background Checks on Private Sales

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A bill put forward by State Senator Gail Griffin (R-14) prohibits requiring Arizona residents to comply with any future federal firearms background checks on private gun sales.

The bill–SB 1122–covers the private sale of private property in general and includes firearms as part of that property.

The NRA-ILA reports, “[SB 1122 would] prevent the state of Arizona, a county, city or town government from requiring a person to access or facilitate access to any state, federal or third party database as a condition of selling, gifting, donating or transferring personal property.”

SB 1122 is designed to shield Arizona residents from compliance with universal background checks, should a future administration work with a Democrat-controlled Congress to secure them.

Universal background checks exist at the state level in places like California, Washington state, and Colorado, and require every gun sale–retail or private–to be conducted via the auspices of a government representative. That representative–a Federal Firearms License holder (FFL)–does a background check on the buyer of the firearm, thereby creating a paper trail on guns that may have spent decades on grandpa’s nightstand rather than a retailer’s shelf.

Such checks allow the federal government to continue accumulating the names and addresses of all gun owners, as well as information on the types of guns owned.

SB 1122 would protect Arizona gun owners from participating in a broadened federal attempt to expand the paper trail on firearms.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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